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The Wall2012

  • 4.0
Martina Gedeck, star of the Academy Award®-winning film THE LIVES OF OTHERS, brings a vivid intensity to this mysterious and riveting tale of survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. In a tour-de-force performance, Gedeck stars as an unnamed character who suddenly finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall inexplicably surrounds the countryside where she is vacationing. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature. As she grapples with her bizarre circumstances, she begins an inward journey of spiritual growth and transcendence. Based on Marlen Haushofer's eponymous classic novel, THE WALL is a gorgeous, mesmerizing adventure film that raises profound questions about humanity, solitude, and our relationship to the natural world.

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"...spectacularly-shot, highly intelligent adaptation of Marlen Haushofer's early 1960s bestseller is riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish." - Jonathan Romney, Screen International


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"The Wall" comes into this woman's life, and suddenly she is called upon to have to survive, even though it means being alone, and having to face losing her beloved fellow creatures. Her impulse to connect with other living beings, nurture them, and love them was the heartbreak and hope in this film. So strange, frightening and sudden did the Wall appear, and so painful, simple and clear were the truths about loss, love, and life's meaning. And there were many wise, poignant poetic expressions of this throughout, both visual and in her prose. As humans, to have art like this is so important, to make it easier to bear our condition, as well as keep us from a worse fate demonstrated in the horrors of survival.

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"The Wall" comes into this woman's life, and suddenly she is called upon to have to survive, even though it means being alone, and having to face losing her beloved fellow creatures. Her impulse to connect with other living beings, nurture them, and love them was the heartbreak and hope in this film. So strange, frightening and sudden did the Wall appear, and so painful, simple and clear were the truths about loss, love, and life's meaning. And there were many wise, poignant poetic expressions of this throughout, both visual and in her prose. As humans, to have art like this is so important, to make it easier to bear our condition, as well as keep us from a worse fate demonstrated in the horrors of survival.

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"The Wall" is mesmerizing from the beginning to the end for it's isolation and it's magnificence. The solitude matched with the scenery makes the viewer feel as alone as the woman, trapped inside invisible walls, pushing through days and seasons without an end in sight. Toward the end, I realize that there is no back story here, no reason why she was up in the hunting cabin in the first place, and it made me wonder if the invisible walls were just that, invisible, hiding her from all of civilization for a reason that is never explored. The fact that animals and a man come into her wall of reference kind of willy-nilly makes me wonder if there is something more to the woman's story that just does not get shared. In the end, the film making is beautiful in it's bleakness and solitude, and the suspense of how it might end did not let me go until after the closing credits.

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A speaker once said that he thought it was incorrect to say that when one went mad, one lost one's mind. "No," he said. I think you become mad when your mind is all you have left. Watching a thinking, social being cope with utter and complete isolation was terrifying. Who are we except in relationship with other human beings? I was also reminded of the Buddhist proclamation that on days when there is difficulty, that worship may consist of "chop wood, carry water." Against the desire for a life with others she proceeds through her now lonely life fully attentive to the moment just in front of her. One step after another, one foot after another, living, but with no reference to others, only the stupefying tedium of isolation, day after day, after day. Note that the only severe trouble throughout her story is the unexplained appearance of another human being. As he assaults her friends, the bull and Lynx, the dog, she unhesitatingly raises the rifle and kills him. A stark portrayal of the curtain of violence dividing all human beings. What she once desired more than anything in her world was to have another human being present. Is it mirror neurons? But when that being appeared, she killed to protect the beings she loved, with whom she was in intimate relationship. It's a curious conundrum for us; we have to have one another, but doing so may lead to devastating loss. What will you do? Are you moving to the wilderness to be alone with your thoughts or becoming a civic leader giving shape to the civilization surrounding you?

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**SPOILER ALERT**

The man she killed was a savage killer - a monster violently hacking and killing her animal friends. Other than this terrible scene, which happens at the very end, the bulk of this movie was portraying a simple and beautiful life, really. Could be a movie about anybody choosing to live off the land, with the Wall itself playing a very small part. Most interesting to me was that she led a beautiful life under the circumstances, yet the man had turned violent and savage.

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I found this to be a most amazing movie. I am still thinking of it 2 days later and I thought almost everything about it, was exceptional. Very thought provoking and haunting.

It is almost like a great theater performance, with all the benefits that cinema can provide.

Great film!

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Excellent movie. Makes you wonder how you would cope under similar conditions. Gives a new meaning to dog is mans best friend. Two thumbs up...way up! Marc

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This is sort of a two-headed movie. It starts out with a Twilight Zone type plotline, then gradually turns into a Bergman-esque meditation on solitude and existential angst, with a dash of survival melodrama. There are hints given regarding the wall itself, but these tend to create more questions since they don't include a shred of evidence regarding from whence The Wall came and what its purpose is. Whether you are comfortable with this ambiguity or find it pretentious will probably decide how much you are going to enjoy the experience of watching this film. Three stars, with one going to the dog Lynx, one to the cinematographer, and the last divvied up for the rest of the crew.

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Riveting! This beautifully shot meditation on the human spirit has a quiet suspense that keeps the viewer engaged in a simple mystery while we share with the narrator an awe for the majesty of the natural world.

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A gorgeous film that sinks into you like the changing of seasons. At once deep and spooky and full of the human condition. Bravo Martina Gedeck(and Lynx). This one will stay with you awhile.

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Hipster utopia or blatant exploitation of the human condition, decide for yourself. A film masterpiece either way. Five stars. Minimal like the walls of a deep reaching well. Incredibly tense.

I do not understand how they put it under the category of action/adventure this was slowest and most boring movie I ever watched. I still have hard time to understand positive comments.

Initially I had a hard time settling into this film, and actually had it running while I made dinner...as the scenery didn't change that much, and it was just fine to listen to. Later on I felt like I could settle into it more...and can understand why some reviewers found it boring. The landscape is gorgeous, as are the animals (I fell in love with Luchs). What struck me early on was that this could be an apt allegory for my own life (I didn't expect this), and probably the lives of many others. One day you're just going along, and a big invisible wall emerges, locking one into a new landscape, a new life, and just a memory of one's old self. Over time, we forget out old selves as the new self has to fight for survival, cope, not break down, and stay alive to care for our beloved furry friends.

this is a very interesting movie it really makes you think about what really matters in life!

It was just okay. I had a hard time understanding the speech.. Not because of the accent (I lived in Ireland for years), nor the film quality, but because it was lacking inflection. The actress delivered every line in a completely monotone way and it distracted from the premise of the film. I loved the concept and the filming was gorgeous. I'd recommend this film to watch if you are willing to give it your full attention or you want a background movie for relaxing.

Excellent Film. Very engaging story of survival. The actor was great. Expressing what a human would need to go through to survive in this situation. Photography was beautiful. Subtle special effects makes this SF film more human. Liked it a lot.

Plot?...What plot?

Beautifully acted and produced but deeply disturbing.

boring

scary for its isolation, warm for the bond with Lynx, Pearl and Bellan, terrifying with no escape........life alone